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A Stax SRM-1 Mk2 in good working order would be a great place to start. 

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A Stax SRM-1 Mk2 in good working order would be a great place to start. 

 

For the ESP/950 in particular, do you think an SRM-T1 would be better or worse than that (assuming it's in working order, properly biased, etc.)?

 

The ESP/950's still on my list of headphones to audition, that's for sure. Comments like "SR-Lambda on steroids" tend to do that.

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Has anyone experimented with different pads? I'm still waiting for some DIY'er to get some real leather pads made up that are a touch thicker in the rear. That is where I have the hardest time getting a seal.

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Has anyone experimented with different pads? I'm still waiting for some DIY'er to get some real leather pads made up that are a touch thicker in the rear. That is where I have the hardest time getting a seal.

 

This is the biggest fitting problem with the ESP950 IMO from my experience... not only are the pads not angled, the cups have no lateral swivel at all, making it hard for many to achieve a seal in the bottom rear and making is less comfortable than it can be as well.  

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We need to pester Dan/Mr. Speakers to give us his source for his alpha pads. Whoever manufactures those is doing a great job. Would be nice if they tackled the ESP-950 too.

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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post
 

 

For the ESP/950 in particular, do you think an SRM-T1 would be better or worse than that (assuming it's in working order, properly biased, etc.)?

 

The ESP/950's still on my list of headphones to audition, that's for sure. Comments like "SR-Lambda on steroids" tend to do that.

 

I'd take the SRM-1 Mk2 over the T1 as it simply has more drive. 

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The more I listen to the Beyer T1, the more I realize that the treble is killing me.  It's not my imagination anymore, and the tube amp pairing did not do enough to smooth out the treble like I thought.

 

And if you get any more liquidy or distorted sounding from a euphonic sounding tube amp, it's going to completely gloss over the T1's sound. I wonder why Beyer was foolish enough to not add any dampening in the cup, it's an easy principle to not forget about.

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Whats the current cheapest price we can get these for brand new? Amazon and ebay have them for around $850. I was hoping for some place I could get them for only $599 or so like they were just a year or so ago.

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yes looks like summer lows are past

 

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Originally Posted by jcx View Post
 

$599 is good, only lower for single/few days, at many-month, few time/yr intervals - have to be a lot more patient than the average to beat

 

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Koss-160416-ESP-950-Electrostatic-Stereophone/product/B000056ULH

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I bought my ESP/950 new for $800 taxes in, and am do not regret it at all.  Its performance is better than my Beyer T1 in my opinnion, which I sold just a few days ago.  The T1 costs more than that, and does not even come with its own amp.

 

My dynamic headphones sound artificial and overly "boosted" in comparison now.

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Originally Posted by Audioscope View Post
 

I bought my ESP/950 new for $800 taxes in, and am do not regret it at all.  Its performance is better than my Beyer T1 in my opinnion, which I sold just a few days ago.  The T1 costs more than that, and does not even come with its own amp.

 

My dynamic headphones sound artificial and overly "boosted" in comparison now.

 

Where did you get yours from? Looks like they're off Amazon...

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Where did you get yours from? Looks like they're off Amazon...

 

I bought mine from amazon.ca

 
They were $730 + taxes, but only 2 were a available at that time.  Both have been accounted for last time.  Not sure if they refreshed their inventory yet.
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Does anybody if the SRA-10S will be able to drive the ESP-950?  I am looking around and am not getting much information on this amp.

 

Thanks.

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SRA 10S is normal bias. Koss ESP950 operates on 640vdc pro bias but can work on regular 580 Stax pro bias as well. You'll need to terminate the Koss cable for a Stax one or make an adaptor.
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